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(Agathon's Daughter #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Hetaera--suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon's Daughter Trilogy.

Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people's hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia's keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadis
Kindle Edition, First edition, 224 pages
Published December 11th 2011 by Adytum
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Karen Fowler
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
st finished another book and it was so good I had to review it immediately~ Hetaera–Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon’s Daughter), by Suzanne Tyrpak.

I received a copy of the ebook after entering a giveaway on LibraryThing (I think)-my memory isn’t what it used to be. Some of you may remember that I reviewed Susan’s other novel, Vestal Virgin, some time ago, and after seeing that this novel was historical in nature too (and because Susan writes that sooo well) I just had to read it.

Unlike Vesta
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

There are a lot of wonderful things about this book. It introduces us to a fascinating world that I only had minimal knowledge about-- ancient Athens and the intricate politics and culture of both the elevated classes and the slaves that work for them. Hestia, in particular, is a terrific character- strong and yet vulnerable at the same time. The whole system of the Hetaera and the discussion of what true freedom is with the interp
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is not what you would consider a normal suspense. Really, it's a love story. No murder mystery, no thriller, nothing like that. What you have is a story a lot like a Greek play. Whether it is a comedy or tragedy has yet to be determined as this is the first book of, I believe, three. Like Oedipus, we, the readers, know most everything. The characters don't. And like Oedipus, if the chracters had the correct information, most of the bad stuff in the book would not have happened. Though ...more
Bill Thibadeau
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Suzanne Tyrpak since reading her knockout debut album, The Vestal Virgin. I anxiously awaited this book hoping that the author could maintain the quality of writing that she started. The verdict - she absolutely did.

Suzanne has the ability to take historical elements and weave them into highly entertaining stories that are gripping.

This book tells me a bit of the author. This is only her second book but both share the same underlying premise. In each book, she has taken less
M.A. Comley
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this is the first book of Suzanne's I've read, not the kind of novel I usually read but I'm so glad I took the plunge.

Suzanne has a wonderful way with words that places the reader within the depths of the story.

From the outset, as a reader your sympathies lie with Hestia, a slave whose background is a mystery. When her master dies her world is turned upside down.

She falls in love with the wrong person and is forced to become the hetaera of a man she detests, while her former master
Set in ancient Athens, this is a mix of mystery and romance. Hestia was born a bastard and has lived a life of servitude as a house slave. Her master, Agathon, reveals certain secrets upon his deathbed. Agathon’s widow, Melaina, sells Hestia to a local slaver. She in turn is bought by a wealthy man, Lycurgus, who was Agathon’s best friend. Toss in a love interest between Hestia and Diodorus, and you have an entertaining Greek soap opera.

I very much enjoyed this book even with its flaws. While th
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a trilogy and I cannot wait for the next installment! This tale of a strong willed, strong minded slave Hestia will hold you from the very first pages. The women of ancient Athens were not exactly free no matter their status. The only woman that had any freedom at all were the Hetaera - the educated courtesans of prominent men.

Hestia is a slave in the household of Agathon. As he dies she learns a secret that will change the course of her life. Agathon's wife is a most u
Agathon's daughter is historical fiction, following Hestia, a slave in the household of Agathon and Melaina in Athens with the gift of seeing people's hearts. At Agathon's death, he informs her that she is actually his daughter, one of the reasons Melaina hates her so much. This causes problems for Hestia: she is in love with Diodorus, the son of Melaina and Agathon. She has now two obstacles in her path: she is not Athenian or free, and he is her half-brother. Combined with Melaina's hatred, an ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a well researched and well written historical fiction book set in ancient Athens and apparently is the first of a trilogy of books. The writing style is such that it grabbed me from the first page of the book and kept me hooked on the story line throughout.

The central character, Hestia, is a slave and discovers that the is the daughter of the prominent Agathon. Within the story, she falls in love with Agathon's son (who is not really his blood son). However, after Agathon's death, the s
Book Chatter-Cath
Hetaera is an intriguing and and at times, harsh story of the life of a woman in ancient Greece.

Brought up as a slave in her father's home, Hestia is at the mercy of her ambitious and quite frankly bitch mistress/step mother after her Father Agathon dies under mysterious circumstances.

What ensues is a story of spite, hatred, intrigue and self survival.
I was hoping to have more of her gift explained in the book as it initially sounded as though this was a pivotal part of the book.
Sadly, it didn't
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read this book because I love historical fiction. This book did not disappoint. Suzanne Tyrpak blew life into all her characters and had me rushing to turn each page to find out what was going to happen. Her blending of fictional and historical figures was seamless. The main character, Hestia, begins the book as she finds out the mystery surrounding her birth. From that point on, her life spirals out of control and she is not sure who she can trust. Hestia has a "gift" but I am ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Hestia is a slave in the household of Agathon. As he dies she learns a secret that will change the course of her life. Agathon's wife is a most unpleasant woman; unhappy with her lot and looking to change it. The choices she makes send her on a very dangerous path. Agathon's son thinks he will be in control of his life after his father's death but soon learns that is not the case. He has strong feelings for Hestia but his mother's plans for him do not include his loving a slave.

His mother sells
D.A. Brown
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
This book reads well after the first battles with learning the Greek terms. Hestia, the slave, and the political and murderous intrigues of those about her keep the reader involved and curious. Some editing could help with the odd repetitiveness, and spelling errors like "summersaults" and Barnes and "Nobel" - but the book, one of a planned trilogy, is well worth a read. It's a visual read and would translate well to a visual format. Enjoyed it and will keep my eyes open for the rest of the seri ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Ancient Greece. Just about everything about Greek history fascinates me.

Hestia is a strong female lead. She is interesting and has depth of character. She went through a great deal throughout the pages of this story.
I liked the way Tyrpak was able to seamlessly mix fictional characters with historical characters.

This book is well researched and well written. I look forward to more books by Suzanne Tyrpak. As the title reads 'book one', I anticipate more volumes to Hestia's story
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I love good, well-researched historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint. I found myself transported back to ancient Greece and although I thought I knew a faitr bit about that period having studied Ancient Greek Civilisation as an option at Uni, I was bowled over by the attention to detail. At the same time there is a great story unfolding and the characters are so well portrayed. In fact, I could almost visualise it as a film, a kind of Ancient Greek version of 'I Claudius'. Thoroughly
I guess I expected that this would be a mystery because mystery author Tess Gerritsen wrote the preface. It wasn't. I liked the fact that historical personages such as Pericles, Aspasia and Thucydides appear in the book. I did like it, but it seemed familiar. I've read other books with these plot elements and in a similar setting. It's possible that the next book may interest me more.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
It seems that Hestia has been doomed since her birth. Not only was she abandoned of a hill as a baby to die but she is a female slave. Hestia also has a special "gift". This gift lets her see the true person. It seems that whenever she is almost happy something happens to tear her world apart.

I really like this book and am looking forward to its continuation.
Matt Kelland
It was okay and well enough written, but it didn't grab me enough to make me want to read the rest of the series. The characters were too cliched, the plot was predictable, and the setting didn't really come alive. If you haven't read many of this type of book, you'll probably like it, but I was disappointed.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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I was giving this 4 stars until the end. The ending was left so open - I am assuming a sequel is out there. Other than that I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great and it was so interesting to learn about ancient Greece. If there is a sequel I will be reading it. And Yay(!) to me - this was my 90th book goal for the year!
Pam K.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, can't wait to read second book in series.

The story of Hestia and Diodorus. Two young people in love, who must find out the truth about themselves and each other to make love work. Many people try to stand in their way, and to keep them apart. Whether by social circumstance, family ties, or just physical distance: they work to overcome all obstacles
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Was a very good book to read. Kept my interest and did not want to put it down. I hope the next one comes out soon. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about stories from the ancient days.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Eh, I didn't finish it. The characters were alright, but I didn't necessarily care about them. They seemed a little too stereotypical and predictable. It's a good plane/commuting book. I'm not a big fan of those.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been rereading my classic Greeks specifically Plutarch and thought this would be a nice bit of fiction set in ancient Athens would compliment this.
Alas, the plot is juvenile and it reads like a bad young adult work.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved reading this tale of ancient Greece. Tyrpak brings you back in time and can really spin a yarn. Can't wait for the sequel.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was Book One. I'm not sure I would have started it until I learned about subsequent books. As a result, it left me hanging and for that I'm not happy. But it was a good story
Starla B
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I found it mostly interesting, and I love reading about that time in history. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not sure if I will read the next installment in the series.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tyrpak does a fantastic job of bringing ancient Greece alive. Very engrossing read.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Good start to a series. I'd recommend to others and I'm drawn in enough to continue with the series. That said conclusion was not satisfying. Forces you to get the next book.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it. I read it months ago and I still think about it. Is the sequel out yet?
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Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. She works for an airline which allows her to travel and do research for her books. When she’s not writing, she enjoys riding her bike, swimming, skiing, and dancing. In her next life she would like to be a belly dancer or her cat.

Her new novel, Rosy,—is an urban story set 1970s New York City. Her historical novels, Vestal V

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